Category: Everything

If it’s not in science, tech, entertainment or books you’ll find it here. Unlike many of my salaried colleagues on a single beat, one of the pleasures of being a freelancer is that I can write about anything I like (as long as I can get an editor to agree to buy it).

And for someone for whom knowledge only prompts the thirst for more knowledge in more areas, it’s given me the chance to look at how hotdesking is a thing again, the forgotten history of Australia’s pulp fiction market, a couple of fearless South African photographers and their hair-raising images of Great White Sharks on the hunt and the longstanding theory that Batman/Bruce Wayne is obviously gay.

Knowledge is Power

Apple’s Final Cut Studio 2 is a good example, packed with video editing, motion graphics, audio, colour grading, encoding and DVD tools for $1,698 (tools that would have costs hundreds of thousands of dollars in the analogue era). … Continue readingKnowledge is Power

The Roo Row

It seems that more Australians are now considering the benefits of kangaroo meat. A spokesman for Coles supermarkets says sales of kangaroo meat have grown in “double digits” over the past 18 months. Why? “There’s a perception that it’s healthy and it’s priced competitively.” … Continue readingThe Roo Row

True Blue

The result was the Mature Media Group, a well known name among porn fans in the late 80s and early 90s, and Lark made over 20 films in Canberra with cheesy Australian themes, launching local starlets like Alice Springs and Kelly Blue. … Continue readingTrue Blue

Global is the New Local

But while concentrating rule might be bad for civics it’s good for business, which benefits from smoother, more efficient operating systems. That was the rationale behind the Multinational Agreement on Investment (MIA), stonewalled by France in 1998 after leaked drafts stoked fears about deregulation gone mad. … Continue readingGlobal is the New Local

Route With a View

Model, graphic designer and mountain biker Gudex fronts the Cape to Cape event thanks to her highly regarded profile in the sport and her winsome curves (which have graced the pages of magazines across the country), both of which helped make the ride bearable. … Continue readingRoute With a View

Stuck in the Middle

If the above are among your benchmarks, you might end up disappointed according to a recent flood of books warning us away from The Chase. It’s a clich√© that human nature is to always want more (food, power, etc) — according to zoology and behavioural science it was hardwired into us millions of years ago. … Continue readingStuck in the Middle

The Great Debate

A new generation’s rising, one who don’t like what they see. The clique of tech-enabled riot grrls have grown up with the world their mothers fought for — one where they could do anything. But while the doors of academia, politics and the workplace are now wide open for them, all isn’t well. … Continue readingThe Great Debate

Blang

Take the term ‘bling’ and reverse it. Big and shiny is out, muted and understated is in. Bling’s ideologically masculine, aggressive stance is making way for unobtrusive, calm androgyny. No more high-top sneakers, diamantes on handbags or huge jacket slogans. … Continue readingBlang

Outsourcing Fleet Support

It was the age of core competencies, when you looked at what you were good at, concentrated as small a number of resources as feasible on it, and paid someone else to do the rest rather than maintain a huge, expensive workforce that did a little of everything. … Continue readingOutsourcing Fleet Support

Training Day

The second thing to look for is people who’ve been there. Almost all the training providers Desktop spoke to for this article assured us their lecturers and teachers have industry experience, so the fact that it seems to be standard is be a good thing. … Continue readingTraining Day